Francesca is a musician from the UK, drawn to Japan by her strong desire to learn more about the country's traditional music, culture and arts. Therefore, she is currently studying 3 traditional instruments, composing and performing wherever possible and generally trying to cram in as many musical experiences as she can!
Francesca also loves to travel and enjoys seeking out tasty veggie food - something which can be a challenge at times in a country renowned for its sushi, ramen and tonkatsu! She has been living in Tokyo since 2015, apart from a month homestay on the amazing Sado Island, Niigata prefecture, which she urges you to visit!
It's also a great opportunity to try and speak a little of the local language; showing your interest and respect for the home culture whilst (usually!) making the eatery staff smile. So let's grab some handy Japanese foodie phrases and hit the soba shop, izakaya, sushi bar and beyond!
However, Kabuki is a highly refined art form with many layers of meaning: for example the various make-up styles each hold different meanings and the audience interact in a particular way at particular moments-all of this can take years and many viewings to understand! To top it off, getting tickets can also prove pretty tricky, especially for a non-Japanese speaker.
Waseda, home to Waseda University in Shinjuku-ku and only about 15 minutes from Shinjuku station, is one of my favourite areas in Tokyo. Here's my suggested day's itinerary, allowing you to enjoy Waseda's beautiful parks, bizarre architecture, peaceful temple and my hands-down favourite cafe in Tokyo.